Long-lasting subclinical Addison's disease

S. Torrejón, S. M. Webb, J. Rodríguez-Espinosa, M. J. Martínez De Osaba, R. Corcoy

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Objective: To report a patient with autoimmune adrenal disease and increased ACTH with longstanding hyperpigmentation as an isolated symptom. Methods: A 49-year-old woman requested a diagnostic work-up for hyperpigmentation initiated 9 years before, associated with increased ACTH. She was receiving replacement therapy for autoimmune hypothyroidism. Basal and dynamic tests of glucocorticoid axis, basal investigation of mineralocorticoid axis and measurement of organ specific autoantibodies were performed. Results: Plasma ACTH (143 pmol/l; normal < 13.2 pmol/l)and antibodies against 21-hydroxylase (115 UI/ml; normal <1) were remarkably high, thyroid peroxidase and parietal cell antibodies were positive at low titter and all additional tests were normal. Conclusion: Autoimmune adrenal disease can have a very long preclinical period even with high concomitant ACTH and specific antibody titers. © J. A. Barth Verlag in Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-532
JournalExperimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007


  • Antibodies
  • Autoimmunity
  • Hormones


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